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John Maxwell Table



 Book by John Maxwell

How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for Environmentalist and Journalists

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John Maxwell of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is the veteran Jamaican journalist who in 1999 single-handedly thwarted the Jamaican government’s efforts to build houses at Hope, the nation’s oldest and best known botanical gardens. His campaigning earned him first prize in the 2000 Sandals Resort’s annual Environmental Journalism Competition, the region’s richest journalism prize. He is also the author of How to Make Our Own News: A Primer for Environmentalists and Journalists. Jamaica, 2000.

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I suppose that I might consider myself as having been a friend of Michael Manley, and as I told him, if I was to be his friend, I had no option but to tell him the truth as I saw it. Of course, this sometimes created a commotion, because, like most political leaders, he did not take kindly to being contradicted. But if you happen to be in the unenviable position of being the friend of one of these personages, the true test is whether s/he is willing to listen when you say something they don’t want to hear.

Mr Blair, the British Prime Minister, went his own sweet way in the wake of George Bush, attempting to cement Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the United States by slavishly refusing to disagree even when it was plain to the rest of the world that Mr Bush was about to make a fool of himself. So, the western world, the so-called Free World, was led by two fools instead of one.

The Authorised Version

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John Maxwell—a vanguard of democracy has left us

Prime Minister Bruce Golding has lamented the passing yesterday (Dec 10) of one of the Caribbean region’s brightest and most outspoken journalists, John Maxwell. Describing him as one of the vanguards of democracy, Prime Minister Golding said that Maxwell, in his over 50 years as a journalist, gained the utmost respect for his fearless and outspoken views and commentaries.’He lived life passionately and took that same approach and dedication to his profession as a journalist who managed to exercise his craft in every area of the media leaving his indelible mark. His death is a tremendous loss to his profession’, Mr Golding said. more

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Articles on Haiti

     The Authorised Version

     A Basket to Carry Water

     Building Utopia on a Garbage Heap

     Bush in Check 

     The Cannibal Army  

     The CARICOM/OAS Minstrel Show 

     Children of Prometheus

     Christmas in Hell

     The Circular World of Colin Powell

     The End of Nationhood  

     Genocide a la bonne femme

     Giving Genocide a Bad Name  

     Haiti’s Great White Hope

     “Imagine! Niggers Speaking French!!!”  

     In Defence of the Disinherited

     Killing them softly  

     Lies, Malice, and Machetes

     No, Mister! You Cannot Share My Pain!

     Our Debt is Long Past Due

     The ‘Pottery Barn Rules’

     Sold Down the River

     Under the Gun

     Washington’s Tar Baby

     We ugly but we here

     With Friends like These


Other Articles

     1959 Launch of Jamaican Broadcasting

     . . . and Olmert Smote the Philistines

     The Artful Dodger

     A Week as Long as the Titanic

     Beyond the Law 

     The Biggest Jailbreak in History, Gaza

     Bush in Check

     Character is the real issue

     Christmas in Hell

     Designated Scapegoats and Bogeymen

     The Duty of a Leader

     Empire of Fear

     Half  a Century of Lies

     The Human Factor

     Hit the Road Jack

     Hurricane Patrick

     In Memory of John Maxwell (compiled by R. Lewis)

     In the Name of God and Freedom™

     Investors in Limbo

     Licence for Malingerers

     Losing New Orleans   

     Maroon War Against Gangster Capitalism

     Missing in Action

     Mr Seaga Departs

      My Grandfather’s Bones 

     A Nation in Disgrace 

     The nearly naked & the almost dead

     NGS Scores Island Tourist Destinations

     Obituary: The Late  (not-so-Great) King Sugar 

     Official: George Bush is Not God

     Our Lives in their Hands

     Open Letter to Gerd Jarchow


     The nearly naked & the almost dead

     Not even the shadow of Truth 

     An Ozymandias Moment

     The People are the Change

     People in Shame  

     The ‘Pottery Barn Rules’  

     Re-inventing Jamaica

     River Come Down! 

     A Scourge for the Disinherited

     Slouching Toward Civilisation

     So Poor, So Black!  

     Time Longer Than Rope

     Tom Paine & anti-Americanism

     Too Good to be True?

     Trickle Down Racism

     Trouble don set  like rain

     The Truth and the Public Interest

     Unending War  

     Vandalism and Slavery

     The War Against Civilisation

     Washington’s Tar Baby 

     Willful Suspension of Disbelief 

     The World Exhales  

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Aristide Kidnapped by US Marines

Deeper into the Mouth of Hell

Don’t Fall for Washington’s Spin on Haiti  by Jeffrey Sachs

Haiti 200 by lasana m. sekou

Haiti, America, and the Rest of the World 

Haitians Demand Reparations

Haiti Makes Its Case for Reparations 

Inside the Caribbean  

 I Weep For My Country: The Arrogance of Power

John Maxwell: A gladiator wielding a merciless pen (Desmond Allen)

Kerry Maintains the Administration  Is Partly to Blame for the Unrest in Haiti

Maxine Waters Condemns Violence in Haiti 

Regime Change  

Toussaint Table    

Urgent Message for Secretary Powell!!!

U.S. War Against Haiti

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When the mercenaries proved unable to do that job, the US itself stepped in with its Ambassador and its Marines making a predawn call on the President to inform him that if he didn’t leave the country his life was worthless. They put him on a cargo plane and rendered him to Africa.It was not only Aristide and his family who were taken for a ride. The world was conned by official propaganda and journalistic pimps, which managed to paint a picture of the mild-mannered slum priest as a violent, corrupt demonic oppressor of his people. The US Secretary of State was reported to have warned Ron Dellums, a former US Congressman, a friend of Aristide’s, to tell the President that he was going to die and that the US would do nothing to save him. President Bush Feb 29, 2004: “President Aristide has resigned. He has left his country, The Constitution of Haiti is working. This government believes it essential that Haiti have a hopeful future. This is the beginning of a new chapter in the country’s history.” A Basket to Carry Water

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As I said on a television programme a few weeks ago, the only thing Aristide has not yet  been accused of is cannibalism. But that too, may be in the offing.Perhaps the Jamaican government should seek the advice and assistance of Mr Ira Lowenthal, the head cook and bottlewasher of the Haiti Democracy Project, who is now stationed  in Jamaica, busily enhancing our democracy. Apparently, Mr Lowenthal, an expert on voudou,  spent years on a USAID mission “enhancing  Haitian democracy”.He is on a similar contract in Jamaica. Should we be alarmed?

Building Utopia on a Garbage Heap

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We need to get over our legalistic, moralistic, humanistic perhaps even socialistic preoccupation with principle, honour, declarations, treaties, conventions, and solemn undertakings.Murderers, torturers, rapists and other depraved hooligans now walk the streets of Haiti free, dispensing “justice’ to their enemies –  according to the news agencies.  They are, says Mr La Tortue, not criminals, but ‘freedom fighters’. There will be impunity for the murderers, but for the former President, character assassination is what he deserves and at the hands of Colin Powell. The Circular World of Colin Powell

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Instead, the Prime Minister declared forthrightly that she proposed to continue with the heavy metal development which is now destroying what is left of Jamaica.

In the first place, as someone who says she treasures the Jamaican countryside, Mrs Simpson must know that these developments have never been properly examined before they were put on track The government of Jamaica is continuing the trend started by Mr Patterson in disobeying ,disregarding and ignoring  its own rules.

What is worse is that if as they say, Mrs Simpson Miller and the PNP are serious about sustainable development, they do not seem to understand what that means. 

Last week I reported on the government’s intention to destroy the Cockpit country in the effort to scrape the last pound of bauxitic earth from Trelawny. And there are apparently plans to create some mad theme-park based on the Maroon heritage, no doubt in carefully packaged, plastic and concrete monstrosities built on the bones of some of our heroes. A Week as Long as the Titanic

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My maternal grandfather’s bones lie somewhere underneath the alumina refinery at Nain, safe at least from the caustic soda and soda ash which pollutes the air breathed by his neighbour’s descendants, sickens their livestock, and corrodes their aluminum roofs. 

Beginning six decades ago, bauxite mining companies began to buy up huge areas of land in Jamaica, in areas where the earth was red, as red as blood when newly dug. The people from whom they bought the land were happy.

There was no irrigation in St Elizabeth, St Ann and Manchester, and the land they sold was in their opinion, not really good farmland. That was not true, as my friend Rolly Simms and his neighbours proved in Mocho, in Clarendon, where they grew huge crops of vegetables on bauxite land fertilised by chicken, cow and goat manure – as they still do in parts of St Elizabeth.

That was before the bauxite companies came to Mocho in the sixties and their coming was in a way providential for the farmers there: they had been bankrupted by the failure of the Marrakech and Arawak hotels which had bought thousands of pounds of vegetables from them and went bankrupt without paying.  My Grandfather’s Bones

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“Many black people feel that their race, their property conditions and their voting patterns have been a factor in the response,  I’m not saying that myself, but what’s self-evident is that you have many poor people without a way out.”

A vignette: Two photographs; one from Associated Press captioned A young man walks through waist deep water after looting a grocery store the other from Agence france Presse: Two residents walk through waist deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store: The AP photo was of a black man.

Professor Krugman suggests that “At a fundamental level. our current leaders just aren’t serious about some of the essential functions of government. They like waging war, but they don’t like providing security, rescuing those in need or spending on preventive measures.”

“Yesterday Mr. Bush made an utterly fantastic claim: that nobody expected the breach of the levees. In fact, there had been repeated warnings about exactly that risk.

So America, once famous for its can-do attitude, now has a can’t-do government that makes excuses instead of doing its job. And while it makes those excuses, Americans are dying. Losing New Orleans

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We are rightfully dismissive of drug pushers, bloodsuckers who profit from human weakness, selling their addict customers crack cocaine and heroin, to stoke a habit which they first fostered. Like the IMF, pushers are never satisfied. They always want their customers to consume more of their product, until it kills them. The IMF pushes money – loans at usurious interest rates to desperate, poor countries. 

In 1978  we thought that, as members of the IMF, going through a  temporary balance of payments problem caused by international recession and oil price hikes,  we were entitled, as the IMF charter said, to borrow enough to help us get out of our difficulties. The IMF had other ideas. Their ‘rescue’ operation carried political and economic conditionalities, designed from the start, to destroy the apparatus of democratic government and public participation, designed to destroy so-called ‘populist politics’ – in which political leaders respond to the needs and wishes of their constituents.

About that same time, at a Third World summit in Havana,  Fidel Castro advised the world and the IMF that the Third World Debt was unpayable, and that continuing the policies then fashionable would only push poor countries further towards the brink of disaster. Since then the debt has only become bigger, more oppressive and more unpayable. A Scourge for the Disinherited

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What Color is Haitian Jesus?—17 October 2011—When it comes to Jesus, however, it seems everyone else is Black, leaving Jesus to standout more than what would be normally expected in a religious painting.  My favorite example of this in the gallery is a depiction of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. The scene contains onlookers in the foreground, all Black, as well as John the Baptist, also Black, baptizing Jesus, white. The message is uncanny, but the true gravity of the piece takes a moment to sink in. Finally, it hits: you mean even in a Black country where the people and important figures in religious history are depicted as Black, Jesus still has to be white? For any Christian painting, I imagine the image of Jesus would figure prominently. Yet, this painting has added an extra layer of “heavenliness, ” by depicting Jesus as white amidst a sea of Black followers and a Black baptist.

In another painting, depicting the miraculous catch of fish from the book of Luke, Jesus and the disciples are painted white, though admittedly the fish are a variety of colors. And, after further scrutiny, perhaps Jesus isn’t white exactly? After all, Haiti does boast a sizable and influential Libyan population. Perhaps the images in this painting bear homage to middle eastern influence?—SakpaseDiplomacy

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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update 16 October 2007